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Benefits of plant protein

06 Jan, 2023

When people find out you’re vegan, the inevitable first question they ask is, “but don’t you care about getting enough protein in your diet?” 

There seems to be an assumption that protein comes from slinging chicken wings and noshing on steak. 

We’re here to dispel that myth once and for all: vegans CAN get enough protein… and in fact, plant-based protein packs some health benefits of its own. 

Why is plant-based protein important? 

Nutrition 101: protein is good for you. 

Whether you get your protein from clams, sausage, or edamame, protein “helps support growth and energy levels, builds our strength, repairs our tissues and muscles, and is essential for the production of enzymes and neurotransmitters that work constantly to keep our digestion and metabolism working and our brains functioning”, according to MindFood.

Plant-based protein may have a healthy edge over animal protein though, and here’s why.

Plant-based protein helps support healthy digestion, is better for your heart health, supports the immune system, boosts fertility, and helps you maintain a healthy weight. 

So tell us again how you can only get protein from a cut of steak?

Amazing Sources of plant-based protein 

It’s true -- you can get the protein you need without resorting to antibiotic- and added-hormone-laden meats, fish, and poultry. 

It’s cleaner. 

In this article, we’re going to show you some of our favorite plant-based sources of protein. 

Hemp 

It’s not just for making rope. 

With its earthy, nutty taste, hemp protein powder is often used by athletes, bodybuilders and those trying to gain weight or increase muscle mass. 

Why we love it: it’s easier to digest than most other plant-based proteins, and it’s a great source of fiber.  

Fiber is great for weight management because it helps you feel fuller, longer. It supports healthy, regular digestion, and encourages healthy gut bacteria, making it great for digestive and immune health. 

Spirulina 

Spirulina is basically straight-up protein, at 60% protein content, making it a richer source of protein than the vast majority of vegetables out there. 

Further, spirulina is considered a “perfect protein”, which means it contains all of the essential amino acids. 

Spirulina has a somewhat fishy taste, which is why it’s best to consume it in powder form… but packs powerful health benefits including being anti-allergy, anti-inflammatory, boosting immune system, and much more.

Nuts 

Nuts get a bad rap, probably because they’re full of healthy fats and make great snacks. “This trail mix is so tasty it can’t possibly be good for you!” 

That’s why nuts made this list -- they are the stealthy, satisfying, filling, protein-packed vegetarian snacks we’ve all been craving. 

Not only can nuts help with weight loss and reduce your risk for heart attack and stroke, but they’re also great for your brain health. 

Beans 

If beans aren’t a significant part of your at-home vegan cooking regimen, it might be time to add them.

Packed with protein and fiber, beans go great in soups, chilis, and buddha bowls… and are a great weapon for those seeking to lose some weight. 

In fact, beans are some of the most popular forms of vegan protein because they’re considered a “complete protein source”. 

How Can Vegans Get Enough Protein? Eat the Right Plants. 

Protein helps your body build tissue, heal and build muscle in an athletic capacity, boosts immune health, gives you energy, and keeps you hair, skin, and nails as healthy as can be. 

But how can you easily incorporate more plant protein sources in your diet?

Grab some Hemp Protein Powder, 100% Natural Blue Spirulina Powder or our Plant Protein Blends to add a splash of plant protein to your next smoothie, latte, or baked treat. You’ll love knowing you’re getting the essential nutrients you need … and supporting your health so you can feel energetic and well for years to come.

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